What Do You Need to Start Tattooing?

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Tattoos – whether you love them, hate them, or are indifferent- are often an expression of the self and art. While some people like to take their ideas to paper or canvas, others revel in the permanency that tattoos offer while being able to display what they feel is important to them or represents their interests.

Providing this as a service can be very rewarding, so if you have been thinking about starting your own tattoo business for a while and have finally got the push to do it, you are probably wondering what you need to get started.

This piece is going to break down what it is you need exactly to start tattooing, so you can dive right into your new career!

Tattoo Gun and Needles

The first bit of essential equipment that you need will be a tattoo gun. This is the machine that you will use to actually create the tattoos. They come in various types and styles, somake sure to do your research and choose one that suits your needs and budget. Remember, quality really matters when it comes to tattoo guns due to the nature of the job, so invest in a reliable and reputable brand, and don’t skimp!

Needles will also need to be a part of your kit to be used with the gun, and you will need a variety to be able to achieve different looks. Needle sizes will determine the thickness of lines, shading, and other elements of tattooing techniques.
It is essential that all needles are sterile and that they are disposed of after properly – never use the same needle twice.

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Sterilization is one of the most essential aspects of tattooingand needs to be priority 100% of the time. As part of your equipment, you will need something such as an autoclave or a sterilization machine to ensure your equipment, including needles, grips, and tubes, are all properly sterilized before they are used. It’s just as crucial to consider the outcomes and maintenance of a tattoo post-application, including understanding the process of tattoo removal before and after, to ensure clients are fully informed of their options. Proper aftercare and realistic expectations of results can significantly enhance customer satisfaction and safety.

On top of that, make sure to have disposable barriers like gloves, aprons, and even face masks where necessary to keep everyone protected.

Tattooing Ink

Ink is another essential component of tattooing, as that is what makes up the tattoo. Make sure to choose high-quality tattoo inks that are vibrant, long-lasting, and safe for the skin. There are numerous tattoo ink brands available, so take your time to do your research and choose the ones that meet high professional standards.

A Clean and Equipped Workspace

The last thing you want is for your client to be uncomfortable during their session or for you to be missing the tools that you need. You need a clean and organized setup where you can work with limited distractions and with everything in its place.

Don’t forget to invest in a sturdy tattoo chair or table for your client’s comfort, good lighting to see your work clearly, and a variety of grips and tubes for your tattoo gun to provide different grips and control during the tattooing process!

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